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 IELTS SPEAKING (MAY to AUGUST 2022)

List of Cue Cards

  1. Describe a day out that didn’t cost a lot
  2. Describe a positive (or recent) change in your life
  3. Describe a quiet place that you like to go to
  4. Describe an occasion when you got stuck in a traffic jam
  5. Describe a time when you lost something and then got it back
  6. Describe an important river or lake in your country
  7. Describe a competition (music, sports, etc.) you would like to take part in
  8. Describe an interesting neighbour
  9. Describe an important event that you celebrated
  10. Describe something you do to keep fit and healthy
  11. Describe something that surprised you
  12. Describe a product from your area (such as a food or handicraft)
  13. Describe something you do to keep yourself concentrated
  14. Describe an invention that changed the world for the better
  15. Describe a time when you were very busy
  16. Describe a family member whom you would like to work with in the future. .
  17. Describe a time when you observed the stars
  18. Describe a plant, vegetable or crop that you are familiar with
  19. Describe a chocolate you didn’t like.
  20. Describe a fishing area that you visited once
  21. Describe an introvert person whom you know.
  22. Describe something that saves your time.
  23. Describe an interesting thing you have learned from a foreign culture
  24. Describe an occasion when you got positive feedback for work that you did
  25. Describe a creative person whose work you admire
  26. Describe a difficult decision that you once made
  27. Describe a product or service that you got for free.

28 Describe a person you met only once and you want to know more about

  1. Describe a lesson or course that you remember well
  2. Describe a story someone told you and you remember
  3. Describe a new place that you visited
  4. Describe an interesting city
  5. Describe a piece of clothes that you received as a gift
  6. Describe a skill that you learned from older people
  7. Describe a person you follow on social media
  8. Describe a thing you did to learn another language
  9. Describe an interesting song that means something special to you
  10. Describe an occasion when you received special cake from others
  11. Describe an interesting conversation you had with your friend
  12. Describe a village or countryside that you visited
  13. Describe a long walk you ever had
  14. Describe a rule that you don’t like
  15. Describe someone you really like to spend time with
  16. Describe a house or an apartment you would like to live in
  17. Describe a person who contributes to the society
  18. Describe a gift you would like to buy for your friend
  19. Describe a thing you cannot live without (not a mobile or computer)
  20. Describe an interesting discussion you had with your friend
  21. Describe something that was broken in your home and then repaired
  22. Describe a thing you cannot live without (not a mobile or computer)
  23. Describe an ambition that you haven’t achieved
  24. Describe a toy that you liked when you were a child 

Part – 1

Questions, asked to almost all students

  1. May I see your ID?

For sure, here you are!

  1. May I know your full name?

My full name is Mukesh Kumar Makkar

  1. How may I address you?

You can call me Mukesh

  1. Where do come from?

The city where I live is Shahabad Markanda. It’s located in the north of India.

Work and studies (always in use)

  1. Do you work or are you a student?

Well, I am an IT engineer working in one of the most popular IT solutions companies in my hometown. I’ve been working there for almost 5 years now and I absolutely love my job because it’s the type of job that really lets you utilize all of your talent. One day you can be making software and next day you can be troubleshooting the same. It’s so versatile. Actually, It’s for people who don’t want to be the same as the day before.

 

  1. What work do you do?

I mainly work on software systems and my responsibilities are: training staff on newly installed software and fixing hardware and networking issues just to name a few.

 

  1. Why did you choose that job?

The reason is straightforward. I am a big fan of computers. I really love to involve myself looking at and understanding future cutting edge technologies to see how they can be applied to our products. Though there are times when I feel like exhausted after working prolong hours coping up with a tiny problem, still working in IT field gives me a sense of satisfaction.

 

  1. Do you like your job?

Undoubtedly yes, technology is my thing and I can’t live without it. And what I love the most about my job is the flexibility which actually helps me to strike a work-life balance. If needed, I can work online from my home as well.

 

  1. Is there anything you dislike about your job?

Frankly speaking, I’ve never given a serious thought on this. Though I seldom get frustrated because of the tight deadlines set by extremely demanding clients, I can’t do anything as It’s a part of my job.

 

  1. What was your dream job when you were young?

To be honest, it was completely different than what I’ve been doing now. In my adolescence, I always wanted to be an accountant. Therefore, I chose accounts as a major in my studies

 

  1. Do you miss being a student?

That’s an interesting question. As a matter of fact, I do sometimes. Most of the time, when I am either sitting ideal at home or got really frustrated with my work but that’s what life is all about. Move on. You can’t just stand still at one place. Nevertheless, I do reunion to after a small period of time to refresh all my sweeten memories with my friends.

 

  1. What subjects are you studying?
  2. Why did you choose to study that subject?
  3. What do you like about your studies?
  4. What do you dislike about your studies?
  5. Do you prefer to study in mornings or afternoons?

Hometown (always in use)

  1. Tell me something interesting about your hometown.

Well, it’s famous for the Panorama Museum which is located in the heart of the city. And yeah, Markandeshar Temple is also a worth visiting place. Tourists tend to flock there to worship lord Shiva, especially on weekends. If you could do only one thing in Shahabad, I would recommend going to the temple.

  1. Do you like your home town?

Of course, my city is a great place to live as it has all the necessary facilities and amenities available. On top of that, the place is surrounded by greenery which actually makes it one of the most peaceful cities to live in Haryana. And what I love the most is the 24×7 public transport system. You can easily hop a bus even at midnight.

  1. Is that a big city or a small place?

In terms of area, it’s not that big but yeah one can have easy access to entertainment facilities as well as a variety of shopping outlets.

  1. How long have you been living there?

I’ve been living there (since my birth) (for around 12 years).

  1. Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?

I think so, yes. Actually, my parents and extended family live here and I well connected with them. So, I would live in Shahabad in future as well but yeah I may be visiting to some other country for a short period of time. Just to boost my career.

OR

I don’t think so; actually, I am planning to continue my studies in Canada. But yeah I’ll surely come back after the completion of my course and continue to live with my parents.

  1. How has your town changed over the last 20 years?

Many new buildings have sprung up compared to the past. Even there has been increased urbanization, better quality housing, and higher living standards.

Home (always in use)

  1. Can you describe the place where you live?

Yup…, the place where I live is in a leafy suburb which can be found on the outskirt of the city.

  1. What kind of housing accommodation do you live in (House or Flat)?

It’s not an ordinary house. Actually, it’s a bungalow which has 4 master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The most interesting part of my house is the garden at front which is well equipped with some swings for the kids and exercise equipment for adults.

  1. What’s your favourite room in your house?

Woo, my favourite one is the living room. That’s the one, where I spend my most of time in. This room is more of the home theatre room because a big cutting edge led as well as home theatre is installed there.

  1. How the walls are decorated of that room?

That’s an interesting question. One wall has around 10 to 15 photo frames with some interesting quotes which actually make the real party atmosphere. Other one is decorated with some decors and light. To be honest, the interior of that room is designed according to my taste.

  1. What can you see from the windows where you live?

The windows give a wonderful view of the nature especially in the early morning when sun rises and cool air is breezing. On top of that There is big banyan tree just right in front of my house literally enhance the beauty of the view. One can take mind blowing shots every day from the windows my house.

  1. Do you prefer living in a house or a flat?

I’m not a fan of living in congested area and with some restrictions. I love spacious place that house provides.

  1. What would you like to change in your house?

One great add on would be a swimming pool. I am fond of swimming and there is no pool stone throw away my house. You know, normally, I have to take 20 mins ride if I want to go for swimming. Interestingly, there is some empty space in the backyard of my house that can be utilized for the same.

  1. What do you dislike about your house?

There is only one main thing that I dislike is the terrace. It’s always full with unnecessary stuff. I really hate it.

Country (always in use)

  1. Tell me a little about your country.
  2. Which part of your country do most people live in?
  3. Where is your country located?
  4. Tell me about the main industries in your country.
  5. What are some of the good things and some of the bad things about living in your country?

Advertisements (NEW)

  1. Do you watch ads from the beginning to the end?
  2. Do you like advertisements?
  3. What kind of ads do you dislike?
  4. Do you prefer watching ads on TV or Print media?
  5. What advertising do you have in your country?
  6. Is there much advertisement in your country?
  7. What are the different places where you we see advertisements?

Boring things (NEW)

  1. What things are boring to you?
  2. What do you do when you feel bored?
  3. Do you ever get bored?
  4. Do you feel more bored than when you were young?

Watches (NEW)

  1. Do you wear watch?
  2. Do you like to wear watch?
  3. Do you think a watch is important for you?
  4. Have you ever received a watch as a gift?
  5. Why do people like expensive watches?

Computers (NEW)

  1. Do you use a computer?
  2. How often do you use a computer?
  3. What do you usually use your computer for?
  4. What kinds of computers are popular in your country?
  5. Who taught you how to use a computer?
  6. When was the first time you used a computer?
  7. Do you think computers have changed your life?

Old Buildings (NEW)

  1. Is there any old building in your hometown?
  2. When was the last time you visited to an old building?
  3. Should old building be preserved?
  4. What aspect of culture do old buildings reflect?
  5. How do old buildings affect the appearance of a place?

Reading (NEW)

  1. Do you like reading?
  2. What books do you like to read?
  3. What book did you read recently?
  4. What did you learn from it?
  5. Have your reading habits changed since you were younger?
  6. What was your favourite book as a child?

Meeting Places (NEW)

  1. Where do you usually meet your friends?
  2. Do you think there are some places that are more suitable for meeting others?
  3. At what place did you meet your friends recently?
  4. Do you prefer meeting someone at public place?

Talents (NEW)

  1. Do you have a talent or are you good at something?

Sports Programs (NEW)

  1. Do you like watching sports programs on TV?
  2. What was your favourite program when you were young?
  3. Did you do any sports when you were young?
  4. Do you like watching live sports games?
  5. What is the difference between watching sports events at home and at the stadium?
  6. Who do you like to watch live sports games with?
  7. Do you like sport?
  8. Do most people in your country like sport?

Sitting (NEW)

  1. Where is your favourite place to sit?

Evening Time (NEW)

  1. Do you like the morning or the evening?
  2. What do you usually do in the evening?
  3. What did you do yesterday evening?

 

Collecting Things (NEW)

  1. Do you collect things?

Street Markets

  1. Do you like going to street markets?
  2. When the last time dis you go to street market?
  3. What do you usually buy at street markets?
  4. Do many people go to street markets in your country?
  5. Are there many street markets in your country?
  6. What do street markets sell?

Mobile Phones

  1. Do you use phone?
  2. Do you like to use phone?
  3. How often do you use your mobile phone?
  4. What was your first mobile phone?
  5. Will you buy a new mobile phone in the future?
  6. What kind of application do you use on your mobile phone?
  7. How much money do you spend buying mobile phone?

Time Management

  1. How do you usually organize your time?
  2. Is it easy for you to manage time?
  3. What is the hardest part about making plans?
  4. What is the latest plan that you made?
  5. How often do you make plans?

Website

  1. What kind of websites do you often visit?
  2. What is your favourite website?
  3. What kinds of websites are popular in your country?
  4. Are there any changes to the website you often visit?

Losing and Finding things

  1. What should people do if they find something?
  2. Is it ok to keep an item that you found?
  3. What should people do to find what they lost?
  4. What things do people usually find?
  5. Have you ever lost something?

Daily routine

  1. What is your daily study routine?
  2. Have you ever changed your routine or plan?
  3. What’s your favourite time of the day?
  4. Do you like to plan what you will do each day?
  5. What do you want to change in your daily routine?

Cars

  1. Why do you like travelling by car?
  2. What is the farthest place you have travelled to by car?
  3. Do you like to sit in front or back when travelling by car?
  4. When do you travel by car?

TV Programs

  1. What types of TV programs do you usually watch?
  2. Do you think kids watch too much television?

Drawing and Art Galleries

  1. Do you like painting and drawing?
  2. What kinds of things do you like to draw?
  3. Is it easy to learn how to draw?
  4. What do you know about paintings?
  5. Have you learned drawing or painting?
  6. Do you like visiting museums and art galleries?
  7. Do you often visit museums?
  8. When was the last time you visited a museum?
  9. What did you learn from visiting museums and art galleries?
  10. Which do you prefer to visit, museums or art galleries?

Mirrors

  1. Do you like looking at yourself in a mirror?
  2. How often do you use a mirror?
  3. Do you use a mirror before buying clothing?
  4. What function does a mirror have?
  5. Do you think a mirror is a good decoration?
  6. Have you ever bought a mirror?

Dreams

  1. Do you remember your dreams when you wake up?
  2. Do you think dreams will affect life?
  3. Do you think dreams have special meanings?
  4. Do you like hearing other people’s dreams?
  5. Do you share your dreams with others?
  6. Do you want to learn more about dreams?

Emails

  1. Do you write many letters?
  2. How often do you write letters or emails?
  3. Is sending emails popular in your country?
  4. Do you prefer to write letters by hand or to use a computer?
  5. What are the differences between letters and emails?
  6. What do you usually write about?
  7. When would you send emails to others?
  8. Who do you usually write to?
  9. Is it hard to think of what to write?
  10. What kind of letter or email do you think is the hardest to write?

Sports

  1. Do you like to watch live sports games?
  2. Do you like sport?
  3. What sports do you like?
  4. What was your favourite sport when you were young?

Taking Photos

  1. Do you like to take photographs?
  2. What do you like to photograph?
  3. How did you become interested in photography?
  4. How do you keep your photos?
  5. Do you ever delete or if on paper, throw away any of your photos?

Cinemas

  1. Do you like to watch movies in cinemas?
  2. How often do you got to a cinema to watch a movie?
  3. Did you usually go to cinema when you were a child?
  4. Do you like to watch movies alone or with your friends?
  5. Do you like to go to cinema with your friends?
  6. What kind of movies do you prefer to watch?

 

 

 

 

 

Part – 2 & 3 (New Cue Cards with Follow-ups)

 

1. Describe a day out that didn’t cost a lot

  • What you did
  • When you did it
  • Who you were with
  • Why it didn’t cost a lot

Follow-ups

  1. Do teenagers spend much more money than before?
  1. How can people save money as much as possible?
  2. Did you ever have bad shopping experience?
  3. Why is online shopping so popular these days?
  4. Do you think you can buy something from a physical store without money?

 

  1. Describe a positive (or recent) change in your life
  • What the change was and when it happened
  • How it happened
  • Why it was a positive change

Follow Ups

  1. Is your country changing rapidly?
  2. How is your country changing?
  3. Do you believe that the changes your country went through are positive?
  4. Do you think change is good?
  5. What are some of the major changes that usually occur to people in our lives?
  6. Is it important for people to make changes according to their surroundings?

 

  1. Describe a quiet place that you like to go to
  • What place it is
  • How often you go there, When you go there
  • What you do there
  • Why you like this place

Follow-ups

  1. Is it hard to find quiet places in cities?
  2. Why is it quieter in the countryside?
  3. Why do people go to quiet places?
  4. Why do some people not like quiet places?
  5. Do you know other quiet places?
  6. Do you need a quiet place when you are working?
  7. Why do people like to spend time in quiet places?
  8. Do you know anyone who likes noise?

 

  1. Describe an occasion when you got stuck in a traffic jam
  • Where you went
  • How often you do this
  • When you do this
  • Why you dislike it

Follow-ups

  1. Are traffic jams common in Indian cities?
  2. Why are cities today facing serious traffic issues?
  3. What can be done to improve traffic conditions in cities?
  4. Can developing public transport help resolve traffic issues in cities?
  1. Describe a time when you lost something and then got it back
  • What it was
  • Where you lost it
  • How you found it
  • How you felt it

Follow-ups

  1. What kinds of people may lose things often?
  2. What can we do to prevent losing important things?
  3. What would you do if you saw something valuable but didn’t belong to you on the street?
  4. What kinds of things have you lost so far?
  5. What do you usually do to look for lost items?

 

  1. Describe an important river or lake in your country
  • What river it is
  • What you know about it
  • Why it is important

Follow-ups

  1. Why do many people like going to places with water such as lakes, rivers, or seas?
  2. What kinds of leisure activities do people like to do in water places?
  3. Do children and old people relax in the same ways when they go to beach?
  4. Why do people like water sports?
  5. Do you think beach or seaside is more suitable for children or old people to spend their leisure time with?
  6. Is there much water transportation in your country?
  7. Do people travel by boat in your country?
  8. How important is water in daily life?
  9. How important are rivers and lakes to the cities where they located?
  10. Are the rivers in your country suffer from serious pollution?
  11. Do you think human activity is posing a threat to oceans globally?

 

  1. Describe a competition (music, sports, etc.) you would like to take part in
  • What competition it is
  • What you would do in this competition
  • Why you want to take part in it

Follow-ups

  1. What kinds of people are competitive?
  2. What kind of activities/competitions people like to take part in?
  3. What kinds of competitions are popular in your hometown?
  4. Why do you think there are many competition programs on TV today?

 

  1. Describe an interesting neighbour
  • Who this person is
  • How often you see him or her
  • How long you have known this neighbour
  • Why you consider this person to be interesting

Follow-ups

  1. Do you think (good) neighbours are important? (Why? How? Why not?
  2. What are the qualities of a good neighbour? (What qualities would you like your neighbours to have?)
  3. Do most Indian people know their neighbours?
  4. What are some of the qualities of a good community?
  5. In India, are there any facilities for improving relations between neighbours?

 

  1. Describe an important event that you celebrated
  • What event it was
  • When this happened
  • Who was with you
  • How you feel about this event

Follow-ups

  1. How do people in your country celebrate events?
  2. What events do Indian people like to celebrate?
  3. Why do you think celebration is important?
  4. Do you prefer big or small celebrations?
  5. Why do some people like expensive and grand celebrations?
  6. Do you think it is a waste of money to spend much on celebrations of national events?
  7. How can people prepare for an event?
  8. Do you like to plan for an important meeting or activity?
  9. What factors should be considered when planning an event?

 

  1. Describe something you do to keep fit and healthy
  • What you do
  • When and where you usually do it
  • How you do it
  • How it helps you keep healthy

Follow-ups

  1. What do old people in your country do to keep fit?
  2. What kinds of sports are popular in India?
  3. Do you think young people should play dangerous sports?
  4. What else people can do to keep fit besides sports?
  5. What can parents do to make their children like sports?

 

  1. Describe something that surprised you
  • What it is
  • How you found out about it
  • What you did
  • And explain whether it made you happy

 

  1. Describe a product from your area (such as a food or handicraft)
  • What is it
  • How is it made
  • When did you try it for the first time
  • Why do you like it

Follow-ups

  1. Describe another traditional product from your country (apart from what you spoke about)
  2. What are the benefits of traditional products to locals?
  3. Do you think the government should help in the promotion of traditional products?
  4. Do you think because of globalization countries are adopting each other traditions.
  5. Why people buy traditional products because of their traditional value or because of they
  6. are handmade.
  7. Did the traditional things of the past have more value than the present things?
  8. Did the traditional things of the past have better quality than the present things?
  9. Is it necessary to protect traditions?
  10. Do you think teenagers should learn about traditions?

 

  1. Describe something you do to keep yourself concentrated
  • What it is?
  • When you do it?
  • How did you learn about it?
  • How it helps you concentrate?

Follow-ups

  1. Is it important for children to learn how to concentrate?
  2. What can employers do to help employees concentrate?
  3. What kinds of jobs require higher concentration at work?
  4. Have you ever felt difficult to concentrate?
  5. What kinds of distractions bother you in life?

 

  1. Describe an invention that changed the world for the better
    • What it is
    • How has it changed people’s lives
    • What benefits did it bring
    • And explain if it is more important for older or younger people.

Follow-ups

  1. How has technology made our life easier?
  2. Which invention do you think is the most useful at home?
  3. Is it more difficult for old people to accept new technologies?
  4. What can be done to help old people learn to make use of new technologies?
  5. Will our life be better if we live without technology?
  1. Describe a time when you were very busy

 

  1. Describe a family member whom you would like to work with in the future.
    • Who the person is
    • Have you ever worked with the person before
    • What kinds of work you would like to do with the person
    • And explain how you will feel if you can finally work together.

Follow-ups

  1. Are there any positive effects of working with a family member?
  2. What kinds of family businesses are there in India?
  3. Why do people like to set up a family business?
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a family business?
  5. What are the causes for the success of a family business?
  6. How is the relation among members of a family business?
  7. In what ways have families in your country changed recently?
  8. Should husbands and wives have different roles within the family?
  9. Which are more important to you: your family or your friends?
  10. What are the advantages of working in a big company?
  11. Will promotion be easier in a big company?
  12. Should big companies donate more to charities?
  13. Should big companies be punished more seriously if they break the law?

 

  1. Describe a time when you observed the stars
    • When you observed the stars
    • Where and with whom you went with
    • What you observed
    • And explain how you felt when you saw the stars.

Follow-ups

  1. Why do people like to study the sky?
  2. Do you know any story related to planets?
  3. Do you think children should be told planet stories to improve their imagination?
  4. Would children be benefited from watching stars?
  5. Would you like to watch movies on planets?
  6. Did you like to watch the sky when you were young?

 

  1. Describe a plant, vegetable or crop that you are familiar with
  • what it is and where it grows
  • How you became familiar with it
  • what you like or dislike about it
  • and explain why this is important for your country.

Follow-ups

  1. Do people in your country like to grow plants at home?
  2. Do old people grow plants?
  3. How do schools teach students to grow plants?
  4. What is the main plant of your country?
  5. How were plants grown in the past?
  6. Is farming a popular career choice in China?

 

  1. Describe a chocolate you didn’t like.
  • What it was
  • When you tasted it
  • How it tasted like
  • And explain why you didn’t like it?

Follow-ups

 

  1. Describe a fishing area that you visited once
  • Where it is
  • How you knew about it
  • When and with whom you went there
  • And explain how the overall experience was.

 

  1. Describe an introvert person whom you know.
  • Who the person is?
  • How well do you know him/her?
  • What makes him/her introverted?
  • And explain how you feel about this person?
  1. Describe something that saves your time.
  • What is it?
  • When you usully do it?
  • Why you do it?
  • And explain how you think it saves your time?

 

  1. Describe an interesting thing you have learned from a foreign culture
  • What it is
  • How you learnt it
  • Why you learnt it
  • and explain how you think it will help others.

 

  1. Describe an occasion when you got positive feedback for work that you did
  • What you did?
  • When was it
  • Why you got positive feedback?
  • How you felt about it?

 

  1. Describe a creative person whose work you admire
  • Who he/she is
  • How do you know him/her
  • What creative things he/she has done
  • And explain why you think he or she is creative

Follow-ups

  1. Do you think you are a creative person?
  2. Is it good for children to learn arts?
  3. What kind of jobs require people to be creative? I think all jobs require people to be creative.
  4. Do you think leaders need to have creative ability?

 

  1. Describe a difficult decision that you once made
  • What the decision was
  • When you made the decision
  • How long did it take you to make the decision
  • And explain why it was a difficult decision to make.

Follow-ups

  1. What decisions do people generally make in their daily life?
  2. Which is easier, making a decision by oneself or making a decision after a group discussion?
  3. Why are many young people unwilling to listen to their parent’s advice?
  4. Why do middle-aged people tend to second guess their decision?

 

  1. Describe a product or service that you got for free.
  • What it was
  • How you got it
  • How you felt about it

Follow-up Questions

  1. Do you think people should pay for higher education? Why?
  2. Is it good or bad for people to have a free education in the future?
  3. What free gifts do companies usually give to their customers?
  4. Why do customers like to receive free gifts from companies?

 

  1. Describe a person you met only once and you want to know more about
  • Who this person is
  • How you met this person
  • When you met this person
  • Why you want to know more about this person

Follow-up Questions

  1. How do people make friends in India?
  2. On what occasions do people like to make friends?
  3. Is it important to have the same hobbies and interests when making friends?
  4. What qualities make true friends?

 

  1. Describe a toy that you liked when you were a child
  • What the toy was
  • Who gave it to you
  • How you used this toy explain how you felt when you got this toy

Follow-up Questions

  1. What is the difference between girls’ and boys’ toys?
  2. Do you think toys really help in children’s development?
  3. Does modern technology have an influence on children’s toys?
  4. Have we lost our hand skills such as sewing?
  5. What toys are popular with kids in India today?
  6. In general, do children today have many toys?
  7. Do you think playing with electronic toys has a good influence on kids?
  8. Do you think there are some toys that are only suitable for girls and some that are only suitablefor boys?
  9. Which do you think is better, for children to play with toy alone or with other kids?
  10. Do you think parents should encourage their children to share their toys with other kids?
  11. How are toys today different to toys of the past?
  12. How do you think toys will change in the future?
  13. If you were going to give a present to a child, what would you give him?
  14. What kinds of gifts do parents give to their young children?
  15. Is it good to give children too many presents such as too many toys?
  16. Some parents don’t spend much time with their child but instead give the child gifts as a way to show their love. Do you think this is good enough?

 

  1. Describe a lesson or course that you remember well
  • When it was
  • Where it was
  • What you and your teacher did
  • Why it was so special

Follow-ups

  1. What can people do to help themselves remember information for their everyday needs?
  2. What do you think of people using calendars to remind themselves of things?
  3. What kinds of things do people forget easily?
  4. How can people improve their memory?
  5. Why do sometimes people forget things they don’t want to do?
  6. Which do you think is more important to remember about, a business meeting or meeting with a friend?
  7. Why is it difficult for some people to remember things?
  8. What kinds of people are more forgetful?
  9. What childhood memories do people usually have?
  10. Do you think technology helps people remember past events?
  11. Is it possible that one day technology will replace human memory?

 

  1. Describe a story someone told you and you remember
  • What this story is about
  • Who told you this story
  • When you heard it
  • Why you remember it

Follow-ups

  1. What kind of stories do children like to listen to?
  2. What can a child learn from a story?

 

  1. Describe a new place that you visited
  • What place it was
  • Why you went there
  • What you did there
  • How you felt about it

Follow-ups

  1. How do young children react when they go to school for the first time?
  2. What measures should be taken to deal with damage on public facilities?
  3. What are the differences between old facilities and new facilities?
  4. What facilities do young people and old people like in your country?
  5. What is the difference between facilities in the countryside and the ones in the cities?

 

  1. Describe an interesting city
  • What city it is
  • How you know it
  • What it is famous for
  • Why you think it is beautiful

Follow-ups

  1. Why do some people like to visit historical places?
  2. Why do people go to modern city People visit modern cities for various purposes?
  3. What are the problems caused by maintaining historical city?
  4. Do you think having too many tourists is a positive thing for historical attractions?
  5. What can we do to stop visitors from damaging historical places?
  6. Do you think too many tourists is a positive thing for historical attractions?

 

  1. Describe a piece of clothes that you received as a gift
  • When you received the clothes
  • What the piece of clothes was like
  • Who gave it to you
  • Explain how you feel about it

Follow-ups

  1. Why is it sometimes difficult to buy or choose a gift for someone?
  2. Is the price of a gift important?
  3. Will people feel happy when receiving an expensive gift?
  4. What gifts are popular in your country?
  5. Do you like giving gifts?
  6. Why do people give gifts?
  7. Do you think parents are made to give too many gifts nowadays?
  8. Do men and women have the same attitude to giving gifts?
  9. Is gift-giving important for economy of a country?
  10. What factors do parents consider when choosing a gift for children?
  11. Why do companies give free gifts to people?

 

  1. Describe a skill that you learned from older people
  • What the skill is
  • Who you learned it from
  • How you learned it
  • And how you feel about it

Follow-ups

  1. What can children learn from their parents?
  2. What knowledge can children learn from their grandparents?
  3. What kind of help do you think older people need?
  4. What skills can young people learn from older people?

 

  1. Describe a person you follow on social media
  • Who he/she is
  • How do you know him/her
  • What he/she posts on social media
  • And explain why you follow him/her on social media

Follow-ups

  1. What can people do on social media?
  2. Do you think older people and younger people will use the same kind of social media software?
  3. Do older people spend much time on social media?
  4. Are non-social media like television and newspapers still useful?

 

  1. Describe a thing you did to learn another language
  • What language you learned
  • What you did
  • How it helped you learn the language
  • And how you felt about it

Follow-ups

  1. What difficulties do people face when learning a language?
  2. Do you think language learning is important?
  3. Which is better, to study alone or to study in a group? Why
  4. What’s the best way to learn a language?

 

  1. Describe an interesting song that means something special to you
  • What the song is
  • What story the song tells? / What it is about?
  • Whether the song is popular
  • And explain why you think it is interesting

Follow-ups

  1. Why are many music competitions popular in India?
  2. What kinds of music do young people like?
  3. What kinds of people like traditional music?
  4. What are the differences between live concert and online concert?
  5. Do teenagers and adults enjoy the same kind of songs?
  6. What are the factors, which make people like a song?
  7. On which occasions do people in your country sing together?
  8. Which kinds of songs are suitable for children? Why?
  9. What do old people like to listen to?
  10. How would your grandfather feel if you gave him some hip hop music to listen to?
  11. Why do you think old people like old songs?
  12. Why do you think people of different age groups have different favourite songs?

 

  1. Describe an occasion when you received special cake from others
  • When it happened
  • Where it happened
  • Who you got the cake from
  • And explain why it’s a special cake

Follow-ups

  1. What are the differences between special food made in India and other countries?
  2. Is there any food in your country which is eaten on special occasions or special times?
  3. Why are some people people willing to spend a lot money on meals on special days?
  4. Do you think it’s good to communicate when eating with your family?

 

  1. Describe an interesting conversation you had with your friend
  • Who you spoke with
  • Where you were
  • What the conversation was about
  • And explain why you think it was interesting

Follow-ups

  1. When do children normally form their own views?
  2. Do children have strong opinions?
  3. Should parents request their kids to obey them?
  4. In what industries do you think communication is a necessary skill?
  5. How do friends communicate with each other?
  6. What’s the difference between having a conversation with a man and having a conversation with a woman?
  7. Do you think women like to chat more than men?
  8. When men chat with other men do they usually talk about the same things that women do when they chat with other women?
  9. What is the difference between chatting and gossiping?
  10. Who do you prefer chatting with – your parents or your friends?
  11. Do most people have just a small number of friends, or many friends?
  12. How do most people make new friends in your country?

 

  1. Describe a village or countryside that you visited
  • Where it is
  • When you visited this place
  • What you did there
  • And how you feel about this

Follow-ups

  1. Do young people enjoy living in the countryside?
  2. Do old people prefer to live in the countryside or in the city?
  3. Why do many people move from small towns to big cities?
  4. What’s the difference between living in the countryside and living in the city?
  5. How has life changed in the countryside in your country?

 

  1. Describe a long walk you ever had
  • When this happened
  • Where you walked
  • Who you were with?
  • And explain how you felt about this walk?

Follow-ups

  1. What outdoor activities do people like?
  2. What are the differences between the outdoor activities children did in the past and now?
  3. Is leisure important to everyone? why?
  4. Do women have more leisure than men?

 

  1. Describe a rule that you don’t like
  • What it is
  • Why you don’t like it
  • How others feel about the rule
  • And explain whether you’ve followed the rule

Follow-ups

  1. Why do schools make rules?
  2. What’s the importance of obeying law?
  3. What can parents and teachers do to help children follow rules?
  4. Is it a good thing to break rules sometimes?
  5. Why do some people say that rules are made to be broken?
  6. Do you think children should follow all kinds of rules?
  7. Do you think it is necessary for children to wear school uniforms?

 

  1. Describe someone you really like to spend time with
  • Who this person is
  • How you knew him/her
  • What you usually do together
  • And explain why you like to spend time with him/her

Follow-ups

  1. How many generations usually live together in India?
  2. Is it important to visit family members?
  3. What are the values of family in your country?
  4. Why is family bonding necessary for happiness in life?
  5. Do you think the support from a friend is different from the support from a family member?

 

  1. Describe a house or an apartment you would like to live in
  • What it is like
  • Where it would be
  • Why you would like to live in this house/apartment
  • And how you feel about this house/apartment

Follow-ups

  1. Do most Indian people live in an apartment or house?
  2. Do young people in your country like to live with their parents or by themselves?
  3. Would you live in a foreign country in the future?
  4. How is modern home design in your country different to that of the past?
  5. In your country what type of home do most people live in?

 

  1. Describe a person who contributes to the society
  • Who this person is
  • How you knew him/her
  • What type of work he/she does And explain
  • Why you think he/she contributes to the society

Follow-ups

  1. Do people nowadays help others more than in the past?
  2. Who should teach children to help others?
  3. In what kind of professions do people help others more?
  4. Why are some people willing to help others?

 

  1. Describe a gift you would like to buy for your friend
  • What gift you would like to buy
  • Who you would like to give it to
  • Why you would like to buy a gift for him/her
  • And explain why you choose that gift

Follow-ups

  1. What is the importance of gifts?
  2. Is there any pressure on us to buy presents?
  3. Do Indian people often give gifts?
  4. What’s the value of giving presents?
  5. Describe some of the gifts that Indian people give each other on different occasions.
  6. What kinds of gifts are suitable for friends to give each other?
  7. What factors do people consider when buying a gift for friends?
  8. Why do people give presents?
  9. Do children prefer receiving gifts or spending happy time with their parents?

 

  1. Describe a thing you cannot live without (not a mobile or computer)
  • What it is?
  • How long have you had it for?
  • Why you cannot live without it?
  • Explain how you felt when you were without it?

Part 3

 

  1. Why are children attracted to new things (such as electronics)?
  2. Why do some grown-ups hate to throw out old things (such as clothes)?
  3. Is the way people buy things affected? How?
  4. What do you think influences people to buy new things?

 

  1. Describe an interesting discussion you had with your friend
  • What it was about
  • What opinions you and you friend had
  • Why it was interesting
  • How you felt about it

Follow-up Questions

  1. When do children normally form their own views?
  1. Do children have strong opinions?
  2. Should parents request their kids to obey them?
  3. In what industries do you think communication is a necessary skill?
  4. How do friends communicate with each other?
  5. What’s the difference between having a conversation with a man and having a conversation with a woman?
  6. Do you think women like to chat more than men?
  7. When men chat with other men do they usually talk about the same things that women do when they chat with other women?
  8. What is the difference between chatting and gossiping?

 

  1. Describe something that was broken in your home and then repaired
  • What it is
  • How it was broken
  • How it was repaired
  • How you felt about it

Follow-up Questions

  1. Are IT-related jobs valued more by society?
  2. Is the quality of products worse than before?
  3. What kinds of things do people like to repair by themselves?
  4. Why do people like to get their mobile phones repaired in specialised stores?

 

  1. Describe a thing you cannot live without (not a mobile or computer)
  • What it is
  • How you use it
  • How often you use it
  • How it helps you an why you can’t live without it

Part 3

  1. Why are children attracted to new things (such as electronics)?
  2. Why do some grown-ups hate to throw out old things (such as clothes)?
  3. Is the way people buy things affected? How?
  4. What do you think influences people to buy new things?

 

  1. Describe an ambition that you haven’t achieved
  • What it is
  • Why you haven’t achieved it
  • What you did
  • How you felt about it

 Part 3

  1. Why are children attracted to new things (such as electronics)?
  2. Why do some grown-ups hate to throw out old things (such as clothes)?
  3. Is the way people buy things affected? How?
  4. What do you think influences people to buy new things?

 

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